Floyd Mayweather insists there is no need to face Manny Pacquiao in a rematch in 2016 despite the prospects of a massive payday as the unbeaten US fighter points out that the Filipino star is trying to use him to sell his comeback bout.
“Once again, I dissected this fighter, the so-called ‘best fighter of our generation.’ I dissected him; probably was 10 to 2, really 11 to 1, but it’s safe to say 10 to 2,” Mayweather, 38, told fighthype.com
Mayweather ran his record to 49-0 by easily whipping Andre Berto last September and immediately announced his retirement. Four months earlier, Mayweather had beaten Pacquiao on a lopsided decision.
Before flying to Athens from Dubai over the weekend, Pacquiao said that he hopes to meet Mayweather a second time before calling it quits.
Pacquiao is gunning for a seat in the Senate in the May 2016 elections and the 36-year-old fighting congressman has told everyone that his April 9 fight will be his swansong.
But Mayweather swears he won’t grant Pacquiao a rematch, stressing that “it’s all bull***t.”
Mayweather added: “What they’re doing is this, once again, piggybacking off my name to sell pay-per-view numbers when he do go out there and fight again.”
The reason behind Pacquiao’s belief that Mayweather will give in eventually is the fact that another match-up would generate another jackpot in the box-office and pay-per-view.
Their first fight drew more than $600 million in revenue with Mayweather getting $250 million and Pacquiao earning $150 million.
Even though a rematch won’t likely shatter the mind-boggling 4 million plus PPV buys, it would be safe to say that it will be another huge success.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks